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West Ridge - part E - top to Xanadu
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A Cut Above T,TR 
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Jericho T 
Joke Crack to Superstone T 
Knight's Move T 
Laughing at the Moon T 
Ministry of Fear T,TR 
Modern Defense T 
Muscular Dystrophy T 
Prince of Darkness T 
Purple Haze T 
Red House T 
S&M T 
Sirens of Titan T 
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Tilt Right T 
Whiplash T 

A Cut Above 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: P. Ament & G. Ringsby, 1983 (TR)
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jan 9, 2002

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Climbs just right of the shadow of the tree.

Climbing reopened after flood MORE INFO >>>


The holds on this route are small and some are savagely sharp. A Cut Above? Yeah, I got several cut above the first knuckle. I tried this in a post-desert-trip skin-peeling state and paid dearly. After 1/2 tries I went away with 1/2 dozen sliced, oozing fingers and without a clean TR. My partner (Peter Spindloe) got it, however. Thick finger pads are required.

There is no protection on this 25' line, but the crux is done with your feet between 5-10 feet off of the ground. After that the climbing is easier.

About 15-20 feet right of the start of the first pitch of Muscular Dystrophy, set a TR (or crash pads) below the center of a vertical face with small holds. The area is accessible from a scramble on the right and a large pine tree provides a place for the TR anchor. Work your way up on difficult holds to the tree.


There isn't any. Still, the route's crux is reasonably close to the ground and the landing is flat. This is originally a T.R., but would make a reasonable boulder problem with a few crash pads, or a 'headpoint' after [rehearsal].

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By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Nov 21, 2009
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I thought this was a fun little problem. I did it on tr, but it would be more fun with some crash pads and a spotter. Crux moves are down low, which would make the top out a little easier on the head. Impossible looking face, until I started climbng and holds started to magically appear.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Nov 21, 2009

Interesting bug in the consensus rating algorithm. V grades and 5.whatever grades don't seem to mix. The folks with who write up these algorithms are working on this one.
By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From: The Bubble
Nov 24, 2009

There is no easy fix for this one. I've deleted the V5 rating. Please stick with 5.x ratings for this route.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Nov 26, 2009
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I tried to change my rating to 5.x, but the drop down menu only provides V grades to choose from.
By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From: The Bubble
Nov 26, 2009

Fixed. I think there was some import bugs for this route from long ago.
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